Giving children opportunities to write
Writing for a real-life purpose can be a great way of practising writing. Writing cards, shopping lists, or letters and emails to relatives can all be motivating real-life reasons for writing. Children enjoy writing diaries and short stories based on books they have read or toys they enjoy playing with.
Older children could produce their own version of a book they have enjoyed reading. Or they could produce a book in the style of one with a distinctive format, such as The Day the Crayons Quit of The Last Polar Bears. Another idea is for children to write the book of a film or TV programme. If children have watching something they're really enjoyed, they could try and tell the same story in writing.
Scholastic have an interactive Story Starters tool, which is a fun way of engaging children in creative writing. http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/story-starters/
If your child wanted to practise their handwriting, here is the cursive font that we use at Saint Mary's.